Hayden Donnell

Hayden Donnell is a staff writer for The Spinoff.

Food
Mar 7, 2019

In defence of eggs benedict: the everyman's breakfast treat

Maybe it’s basic. Maybe it’s not to the tastes of foodies about town. But eggs benedict is delicious, writes Hayden Donnell, as he pushes back on the benedict pushback.

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Food
Mar 3, 2019

Why I love: Cielito Lindo, mind-blowing Mexican food next to the dump

In the second in our (rather sporadic) series "Why I love", Hayden Donnell is convinced that Auckland’s best Mexican food is tucked away in an unlikely spot in Henderson.

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Politics
Feb 21, 2019

Once more unto the beach house: Simon Bridges and the Kiwi way of life

Simon Bridges said the Government Tax Working Group's call for a capital gains tax was an 'assault on the Kiwi way of life'. That betrays a very depressing and limited view of the Kiwi way of life, says Hayden Donnell.

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Politics
Dec 31, 2018

Summer reissue: Join me in the exorcism of would-be-Key Simon Bridges

The National leader faced criticisms for trying and failing to parrot John Key. Hayden Donnell had a solution

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Media
Dec 29, 2018

Summer reissue: How NZ news livestreams became overwhelmed by anti-1080 activists

Facebook streams have been overrun by an army of anti-1080 activists. We go in search of the source of the spam campaign.

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Gaming
Dec 28, 2018

Summer Reissue: How the Dark Souls video game series ruined my life

Sometimes it pays to focus on the dark side of gaming. Hayden Donnell shares the harrowing story of his own crippling addiction to Dark Souls.

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Society
Nov 28, 2018

Counterpoint: Santa is neither man, nor woman. Santa is an eternal demon

New Zealand is engaged in a long-running, intense, and completely reasonable debate over whether Santa is a boy or a girl. Hayden Donnell offers his own equally reasonable addition to the discourse.

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Politics
Nov 15, 2018

If you think cycleways are financially disastrous, wait till you hear about roads

Cycleways are under fire this week following an incredibly misleading Herald story. Hayden Donnell goes in search of some transport projects to actually get angry about.

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Politics
Nov 9, 2018

Did Phil Twyford just turn KiwiBuild into a property investor’s paradise? The definitive ruling

Labour is getting crapped on from the left and right after loosening its restrictions on people making capital gains off KiwiBuild houses

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Music
Nov 9, 2018

A brief history of The Wombats

How the Wombats, one of the most long-lasting bands from the mid-2000s British guitar rock revival, outlived their contemporaries.

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Television
Nov 1, 2018

I set up an alternative Te Papa outside Te Papa called ‘Also Te Papa’

In episode six of Get It to Te Papa, a Lightbox Original made by The Spinoff, Hayden Donnell's journey finally takes him to the national museum.

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Food
Nov 1, 2018

It’s time to ban all Kiwiana fusion foods

After a harrowing experience in a Countdown, Hayden Donnell calls for a moratorium on all classic New Zealand snack mash-ups.

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Beverage
Oct 31, 2018

The case for buying one of New Zealand’s most expensive whiskies

Hayden Donnell surveys one of the more rare whiskies to ever go on sale in New Zealand, and asks whether it’s worth its gigantic purchasing price.

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Get it to Te Papa
Oct 30, 2018

An oral history of a life changing encounter with Suzanne Paul

In episode five of Get It to Te Papa, a Lightbox Original made by The Spinoff, Hayden Donnell's odyssey takes him to the front door of New Zealand's only true living legend: Suzanne Paul.

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Auckland
Oct 30, 2018

If you think Lime scooters are a safety menace, wait till you hear about cars

People are freaking out about the potential hazards of Lime e-scooters. Hayden Donnell asks whether we could apply these same standards to another type of vehicle causing even more harm.

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Television
Oct 25, 2018

Is Auckland’s Giant Santa in danger?

In episode four of Get It to Te Papa, a Lightbox Original made by The Spinoff, Hayden Donnell goes on the hunt for Auckland's infamous winking, come-hithering Giant Santa.

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Television
Oct 23, 2018

The scandalous truth about the Huntly Deka Sign

In episode three of Get It to Te Papa, a Lightbox Original made by The Spinoff, Hayden Donnell starts a valiant campaign to move the country's most famous sign to Te Papa: the Deka sign in Huntly. 

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Auckland
Oct 20, 2018

Waterfront stadium: good or bad? Hayden Donnell and Hayden Donnell debate

Yet another waterfront stadium plan is being put forward for Auckland. Modern-day stadium naysayer Hayden Donnell summons his stadium-supporting past self to debate the merits.

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Television
Oct 18, 2018

A love letter to my childhood tormentors: The Big Fresh Vegetables

In episode two of Get It to Te Papa, a Lightbox Original made by The Spinoff, Hayden Donnell goes in search of the animatronic veges that instilled both delight and horror in '90s kids across the nation.

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Television
Oct 16, 2018

An open letter to the Waitangi Dildo

Today at midday the first two episodes of Get It to Te Papa, a Lightbox Original made by The Spinoff, are released. Presenter Hayden Donnell has a few words for the infamous subject of episode one.

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Television
Oct 4, 2018

Announcing Get It to Te Papa: our televised quest to get under-appreciated Kiwi treasures into the national museum

Two years ago, Spinoff founder Duncan Greive commanded Hayden Donnell to stop pitching things that should be in Te Papa. Today we announce our new show, Get It to Te Papa, starring Hayden Donnell.

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Television
Oct 4, 2018

One man’s desperate quest to get Pru from Renters to agree to rental reform

Hayden Donnell talks to one of the show’s stars ahead of its seventh season, and tries to convince her to support pro-tenant rental reform.

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Auckland
Oct 1, 2018

Forget lower speed limits – just pedestrianise central Auckland

Auckland has erupted into furious debate over a proposal to adopt a 30km/h speed limit in the city centre. Hayden Donnell comes up with a solution sure to please everyone. 

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Science
Sep 29, 2018

Was the octopus-seal vs kayak viral video a set-up? A Spinoff investigation

We dive deep into the heaven-sent octoslap viral video.

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Politics
Sep 26, 2018

Jacinda Ardern goes overseas, promptly emits beam of hope in our dark world

She set foot in the US and immediately became a media sensation. How did she become a light for our troubled world?

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Food
Sep 26, 2018

PSA: You are not dying. You have eaten beetroot

Many of us have suffered the terror of a beetroot poo, but few of us ever talk about our experience. Hayden Donnell says it’s time to bring this important issue into the light.

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